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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 330
Gots: 177 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this 4 pack for 11.99 at a popular cheese castle in Wisconsin on a drive back to Chicago with my old man.

I did get an opportunity to sample it before purchasing and decided to buy it despite my apprehension. Once I got back to my place, I spilt it with a friend.

A- Nice golden color with little carbonation, no head retention.
S- Apples and tons of them. Smell like a combination of Golden and Red Apples.
T- Apples, sweet, don't detect much tartness. Not a fan of the aftertaste, the finish mimics an artificial apple butter-like taste.
M- Nothing fancy, sweet risidual, not overbearing. However, I may struggle to finish a whole beer.
O-This is a decent beer, but reminds me more of a cider or even a "Cidral" (Mexican cabornated apple soda). For 11.99, I would seek another beer, but I was suckered into it since the likelihood of finding this beer in Illinois is rare.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that I notice is that it's beautiful copper color and that it's absolutely clear. It's got a cottony white head which is very appealing but it doesn't hang out for too long.
This ale is bursting with apple aromas, both with a hint of sweetness and tartness. Not smelling much in the way of hops and malts but it still smells good.
Apples! There is a slight hint of earthiness which I assume is coming from the hops.
This is a light bodied beer, it's sweet but leaves a nice effervecence touch from the carbonation that follows the apple sweetness beautifully. It's like drinking and apple flavored champaigne.
I really like this beer. I have never tasted a beer quite like this before. As mentioned before it's like drinking a sparkling wine or champaigne. I also like that this is a beer that I could sit down and drink with my wife, as she really enjoys it as well. New Glarus Apple Ale is hard to come by in my neighorhood but I will again go through the effort to find it again.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sparkling apple juice, with a thin head off the pour. Crystal clear, like a pilsner.

S: Boozy apple juice. Extremely fruity and sweet in the nose. Smells like apple juice mixed with a good lager.

T: Like the nose, extremely fruit-forward, with some booze under the veil, and a light, crisp, clean lager bite to cut the sweetness.

M: Lagerish. Crisp, clean, and wonderfully refreshing.

Couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but this is an excellent fruit beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of camil1mj
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from Romulux.

A: looks like fizzy apple juice. White head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher.

T: Tastes like a green apple Jolly Rancher. Spot on!

M: Refreshing and well carbonated.

O: NG is the king of fruit beers and this one is no exception. I would love a case of this to pull from on the days I feel like a break from big, boozy stouts and barleywines.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a light amber to yellowish. It has a head that diminishes relatively quickly after being poured into a pint glass.
Odor is very nice. Smells of apples or perhaps apple cider. sweet smelling and light. Very pleasant.
Mouth fell is light and very crisp. carbonation is pretty high and has a apple juice kind of feel.
Taste is pretty sweet. It has a lot of apple flavor (obviously). Beer flavor is light, but it works well for what it is. It is a fruity beer and lives up to that designation. Overall a good specialty beer with some interesting flavor and is different.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an initial half inch head that recedes into nothingness after a couple minutes...clear copper/golden body. Some lacing left on the side of the tulip.

S- Aroma consists of a sweetness that is more of apple cider than apple juice.

T- One word: apples. Very sweet, somewhat tart at the same time. Hops are nearly impossible to pick out.

M- Right on par with Apple Ales cousins (brothers?) Wisconsin Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, carbonation that dances on the tongue. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium.

D/O- Strike it up as another world class fruit beer from Dan and company. My only (minor) complaint is the head retention. I could see how some would say this becomes cloying after awhile but I think it's great. I'd really like to see this be a year-round 750ml offering from New Glarus, right along side it's cousins....brothers?

Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.